hCG is a hormone produced by the embryo once it has implanted in the uterus, so hCG increases in a woman when she is pregnant.
One of the main functions of this hormone is the maintenance of the corpus luteum, so that it continues to produce estrogens and, above all, progesterone. In addition, it would also be related to maternal immunotolerance in pregnancy, preventing immunological rejection.
On the other hand, exogenous hCG hormone is used in assisted reproduction techniques to induce final follicular maturation and ovulation.
Read the full article on: What is hCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone? ( 78).
By Marta Barranquero Gómez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist), Paloma Sánchez Gómez M. D. (gynecologist), Sergio Rogel Cayetano M.D. (gynecologist), Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist) and Cristina Algarra Goosman B.Sc., M.Sc. (psychologist).
Last Update: 02/16/2022